- Great-smelling hair is usually achieved through leave-in conditioner, the residual waft of a good shampoo, basing your scalp with oils, or spritzing some sheen spray.
- There's another way to add a signature scent and a healthy shine to your mane - hair perfume. It's hardly groundbreaking, but it is a less common practice that's fast becoming the next big olfactive hit in beauty.
- Because unlike fragranced skincare products, the business of scented haircare is not harmful to your locks.
- We've recommended a few hair perfumes for you to try, including the Boity Pink Sapphire hair perfume.
A commonly asked question is; where are you meant to apply perfume to make it last longer?
Well, the golden rule decrees that we target our pulse points (wrists, neck, inner elbows) for optimal results, among other need-to-knows that advise against spraying clothing, rubbing your wrists or wearing it on dry skin.
And according to French-Armenian perfumer Francis Kurkdjian - who spoke to Vogue - you can lightly mist your hair with perfume to allow the scent to go the distance. This is especially useful during the summer season when you're most likely to sweat and therefore interrupt the fragrance notes of your perfume.
“Because [hair] moves with the air, it helps with the diffusion of the scent,” the perfumer explains.
There's no doubt that dousing your braids, dreadlocks or wig in the florals and aromatic fumes of one's fragrance after exposure to the salty air at a braai or lack of ventilation at a packed, smoky watering hole, has proven handy before. So why not add a perfume product specifically created for hair to your cosmetic arsenal?
While the olfactory camouflaging of stale odours lingering on your tresses with regular body perfume may seem like a money (and tme) saver, this Cosmopolitan article notes that "traditional fragrance formulas tend to be loaded with alcohol - which can be incredibly drying on your lengths."
"Hair perfumes have been designed specifically for scenting your mane, so are free from any drying ingredients," it further explains.
So no, unlike lipstick which can be used as glossy eyeshadow and cream blush, your EDP isn't as multifaceted and should therefore not be used regularly on your hair.
Additionally, hair mists and perfumes are formulated to supplement the protection conditioners, shampoos, and moisturisers provide your hair with. Consider your regular hair products the main meal and hair mist as nutritional garnish - now that's what I call hair food.
Hair perfume was recently brought on my radar again (I've always known they exist) when the Boity x Halo Heritage Pink Sapphire Luxurious Hair Perfume landed on my doorstep last month. With intrigue, I immediately gave my braids a spritz, and to my delight, it smells exactly the Pink Sapphire EDP the local rapper recently launched this year.
After a shower, the scent no longer lingered, and I guess that's where this important caveat comes in; hair perfume is not a substitute for washing your hair. Please keep nourishing your hair with the treatments and washes it requires.
For R595 a 100ml bottle, the Pink Sapphire hair perfume promises a light mist that delicately scents the hair with the Boity Pink Sapphire fragrance. It is infused with nourishing Argan Oil, leaving your hair feeling and smelling like keratin wealth.
You can also purchase the Queen Care Collection Box Set for R1 595.00 on Halo Heritage, which includes the entire deliciously fragranced Boity Haircare range.
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You can also try these hair mists that come highly recommended by fellow beauty editors:
Balmain silk perfume, R660 at Superbalist
Dove Care Between Washes Hair Perfume Hair Fragrance, R319 on Ubuy
Gabrielle Chanel hair mist, R1230 at Woolworths
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia hair mist
A mellow, golden scent, bottled in a lightweight Hair Mist. Formulated with Argan Oil and Pro Vitamin B, it is enriched with nourishing and softening ingredients to give hair a healthy shine and delicate scent. Wear solo or combined with your signature scent – simply spritz your Cologne onto pulse points, then add a touch of Hair Mist through the ends of your hair.
Available at your nearest Jo Malone Boutique.
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